Hafthor Bjornsson Sets Unofficial World Record in Recent Training

Hafthor Bjornsson breaks keg toss world record in a recent training session.

Always looking to push himself to new heights, 2018 World’s Strongest Man Hafthor Bjornsson recently set an unofficial world record in the keg toss. The Icelandic strongman was able to push the limits of his strength by unofficially breaking the record set by Wesley Derwinsky, Mitchell Hooper, and Tom Stoltman at this past year’s WSM competition.

Say one thing for Hafthor Bjornsson, say he has ambition. After conquering the strongman world in 2018, Bjornsson set his sights on breaking the deadlift world record. When he accomplished that feat with a 501 kg deadlift the popular strongman would completely shift his goals and enter the world of boxing. Several fights and a victory over long-time rival Eddie Hall later, Bjornsson would move on to a new challenge once again. Rediscovering his love of strength sports, Bjornsson expressed a desire to compete in not only strongman but powerlifting as well.

Hafthor Bjornsson is a man who thrives on accomplishing new challenges and it appears he has found one. After Wesley Derwinsky, Mitchell Hooper, and Tom Stoltman tied to set a new world record keg toss at the 2024 World’s Strongest Man, Bjornsson’s interest peaked. The record standing at 7.76 meters with a 15 kg (kilogram) keg is quite the beastly feat to conquer.

Unofficial Keg Toss Record

Looking to test his mettle the Icelandic powerhouse decided to 500 grams heavier with his keg for a whopping 15.5 kg. The height of the bar he looked to throw the keg over was set at 8 meters, just over the official word record. With his mindset to the task, Hafthor Bjornsson hefted the 15.5 kg keg over the bar to set an unofficial world record.

While the record may not be set in stone it does set a clear message. Hafthor Bjornsson is still one hell of a strongman competitor and still has what it takes to compete with the top athletes in the world. One can only wonder how far he could go if he set his mind on competing at the 2025 World’s Strongest Man competition. With the raw strength and natural talent he possesses, anything is possible. Setting an unofficial world record could be a step towards throwing his hat in the ring to prove he still has what it takes to compete with the best in the world.

You can see his full training video below.

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News and Editorial Writer at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his YouTube and Instagram.

Jonathan Salmon
Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.